Curriculum & Format

The English-language program begins annually in October and can be completed within four semesters. In semesters 1 to 3, lectures are held every two weeks on Fridays (1 pm to 8 pm) and Saturdays (9 am to 5 pm) over approx. 10 weekends, including module examinations. For the preparation of the final master thesis (20 weeks) in the 4th semester, no regular presence on the campus is required.

The modular curriculum offers a variety of focus options: After having completed general courses in a foundation phase, you can put together your subject combination individually in the specialization phase as well as choose a thematic focus of your master thesis in accordance with your professional and personal interests.

General Courses

Based on focused case studies and current examples taken directly from corporate practice and presented by guest speakers, students learn to apply the foundations of management and leadership in the context of the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Managerial Accounting & Controlling
  • Ethics in Business
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategic Management & Corporate Development
  • Innovation Management & Pricing
  • High Performance Teams
  • Foundations of Patent & Pharmaceutical Law
  • Pharmaceutical Value Chain
  • Summer Summit - Digital Transformation in Pharma

Specialization Courses

Depending on your professional and personal preferences, you choose four modules from a broad range of courses. Expand your prospects and discover how to set up your business for the future.

Courses on offer can vary from year to year. This ensures that current topics are always included.

  • Research, Development & Medical Affairs
  • Production & Quality Management
  • Pharmacovigilance & Regulatory Affairs
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Market Access & Health Economics
  • Intrapreneurship & Business Planning

Master Thesis

The final master thesis project is intended to apply the knowledge gained in the program: Students address a real-world challenge from their own experience or company. In a preparatory course, students learn the necessary scientific methods and narrow down their thesis topic.

Digital Transformation Workshops

Two extra-curricular workshops about the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation for the pharmaceutical industry are organized throughout the program. Students get the chance to learn more about the impact of technological progress in the pharmaceutical industry and discuss use cases with selected industry experts.

Friday Talks

Networking is an integral part of our MBA experience at Goethe Business School. We regularly invite prominent guest speakers from various backgrounds to talk about current topics driving the pharmaceutical industry. While chatting with the experts in an intimate setting, students and alumni gain unique insights into how these experts are dealing with challenges and setting up their businesses for success.


The structure and the content of the Master of Pharma Business Administration are matched to meet the needs of the pharma industry and set the program apart from other education and training formats in the market.

Stefan OschmannChairman of the Executive Board & CEO, Merck
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